Get Hired! 4 Holiday Job Search Ideas That Really Work
During the holidays, many job searches grind to a screeching halt. Don’t let yours be one of them. Seize the opportunity the holidays give you. With a winning mindset, the right focus, and these holiday job search tips, you can position yourself to land that dream job before the last sip of eggnog.
I know what you’re thinking. What’s the point? Who wants to read your resume or talk about hiring you, when hiring managers are on vacation or distracted with wrapping up the year’s business? The truth is that many companies ramp up hiring as the year draws to a close. They’re eager to hit the ground running as the new year begins, fully staffed and ready to roll. Could they be looking for you?
Let’s roll up our sleeves and find the opportunities most people miss. At the very least, you’ll have a head start on your new years resolutions when the frenzy of shopping season gives way to the hustle and bustle of the new year.
Ready? Let’s make holiday time your most productive job search time.
Go against the grain.
If you’re willing to do what others don’t, the holidays offer advantages for your job search. First, you may find less competition as potential candidates sit it out until the calendar turns. Often, a more relaxed pace at the office allows you to showcase yourself without feeling rushed. Plus, the holidays tend to lead to a more welcoming, friendly atmosphere in the workplace. Less resistance, less hurry, and less competition all work in your favor to make your holiday hunting more productive.
Recent studies suggest that nearly two thirds of employers increase their hiring to ramp up for the start of the year. Get yourself ahead of those who aren’t willing to go against the grain, and you may find yourself in a job you love before other candidates ever realize there’s an opening.
Get in Touch
Keep making the calls, sending the resumes, and pounding the pavement.
Pull out your address book and refresh connections that have gone stale. The holidays provide the perfect nonthreatening conversation starter to rekindle those relationships. One of those relationships may lead to the referral that gets you the job.
If you’re feeling intimidated by a phone call or in-person meeting, connect online using LinkedIn or send a quick email to find out what’s new. Use the opportunity to ask about companies or people these contacts may know who might be hiring.
Join the Party
The holidays take the sting out of social gatherings. People tend to be in a better mood and more receptive to conversation. Even if you hate networking, participate in whatever parties you’re invited to. Ask open-ended questions that get people talking about themselves. Exchange business cards for follow-up after the holidays.
Finally, take a deep breath. Take stock of where you are, what has worked, and what hasn’t worked so well in your job search.
Freshen up the way you market yourself with a clear resume that puts your best foot forward. Get clear on your message. What is it about you that makes you the one to hire? Get coaching. Walk into your next interview with a clear, confident message about who you are and what you bring to the table.
This holiday season, be the cream of the crop that rises to the top. Choose to stand out. Don’t sit it out. Make holiday time your prime job search time, and give yourself the gift of a leg up in the numbers game.
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